Thriving arts scene possible with Mr Lee Kuan Yew: National Arts Council

SINGAPORE - The National Arts Council (NAC) has offered its deepest condolences to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and family on the demise of his father Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew passed away at 3.18am this morning at the age of 91.

NAC Chairman Professor Chan Heng Chee said that Mr Lee was a "peerless statesman who has left an indelible mark on Singapore." He added that his visionary leadership continues to inspire many.

Professor Chan also expressed what many Singaporeans felt when he said: "As we mark Singapore's 50th birthday as an independent state this year, it will be especially painful and poignant that Mr Lee will not attend this year's National Day celebrations."

NAC CEO Ms Kathy Lai commended the late Mr Lee for his "extraordinary commitment to building a nation" and said that his sense of purpose "created a city-state renowned globally for its distinctive multi-ethnic fabric, its social harmony and safety, and its high standard of living - all of which have laid a strong foundation for the thriving arts and cultural scene today."